In 28 days, the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes will compete to be the best in the world. Entrepreneurs compete for a similar pinnacle of success every single day. This series of blogs will countdown to the Olympics with 31 ideas about what it takes to achieve gold in your business.
To be an Olympic-level entrepreneur, you need to climb the proficiency ladder.
There are millions of athletes in the world. Millions with varying degrees of ability, but only a few of them make it to the Olympics. (10,651 competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, which is only 1% if there are just one million athletes in the world). To achieve this level, they first became athletes then progressed from good to great to excellent to Olympic. The Olympic-level athlete competes at this level once very 4 years and trains up to that point while good athletes play in local leagues and great athletes play in semi-pro leagues and excellent athletes play in pro leagues.
So, how do entrepreneurs become Olympic-level entrepreneurs? They need to figure out what it is that will help them progress up the proficiency ladder: What do they need to do to go from good to great to excellent to Olympic? What do they need to do to achieve that top 1% level? For one thing, viewing the competition and identifying current Olympic-level competitors can provide a glimpse. From that, entrepreneurs who aspire to be Olympic level can determine exactly what skills are needed, what products and services are need, what quality is needed, to become Olympic-level.
Olympic athletes and Olympic-level entrepreneurs will never be confused for Saturday afternoon competitors. Their devotion, proficiency, and success will show them to be the top 1% that they are.